• Online
135 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Weekly Classroom Hours
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Registration deadline: May 1, 2020
Late Registration deadline: May 15, 2020

Course runs from June 1st - July 24, 2020, with practicum requirements due in October 2020.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE (ask us for more details at gse-tes@gse.upenn.edu).


To register, please visit penntesolintensive.eventbrite.com.

*Please note that each section is subject to minimum enrollment. If a section does not meet the minimum enrollment, you will be offered an alternative section or a refund.
**Please note that the reference time for all sections will be Eastern Time
What's Included (Extra)

Real-time classes (with real classmates)
Inclusion in a network of Penn TESOL Workshop alumni
Teaching Practicum at the physical location of your choice (remote advising by course instructor)

Dec 14, 2020
Oct 28, 2020
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About Program

Earn your TESOL Certificate online with a real-time instructor from PennGSE and a small group of motivated classmates. All you need is five hours a week.

Penn GSE's 135-hour TESOL Certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete 24 course topics and a teaching practicum at a site of your choice. More details at our website: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/professional-learning/tesol-essentials

We offer our certificate course in part-time format (5 hours per week for 24 weeks) or in intensive format (15 hours per week for 8 weeks). Your teaching practicum can be done at any school, library, or community center you choose!

The TESOL Certificate course meets via video conference for 90 minutes per meeting and requires 3-4 hours of independent work to prepare for or follow up on each meeting. The course is entirely online/remote and can be done from anywhere in the world.

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Program Highlights

  • Completely online! Join a class from your home.
  • Ideal for those who are interested in teaching English throughout the world, or currently teaching or tutoring learners of English
  • An online course designed by UPenn GSE scholars and faculty
  • No prior experience in teaching English or other subjects is necessary.
  • Small class sizes (15 students max)

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  • Instruction 5
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  • Value 5
  • Academic Rigor 5
  • Job Assistance 4
  • Content 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

UPenn TESOL Summer Intensive

I was about to reinvigorate my teaching career when the pandemic hit like a brick wall. Finding myself at home and my children's primary caregiver, I found out about this course through an email to alums at Penn GSE. It seemed like the perfect time to keep current in my practice, and pick up another credential, particularly one as versatile as a TESOL certification. I was not disappointed. My instructor was so personable, supportive, and provided interesting and relevant materials. The experience I had during my practicum, which also due to the pandemic was remote, will reshape my teaching and has really helped me reorient how I think about planning and implementing lessons. Additionally, I felt like in besides the certificate, I was truly learning and honing my practice with relevant feedback and support.

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An Excellent Opportunity to Springboard your TESOL Career

Anyone out there can offer and "English-teaching course" but the University of Pennsylvania offers the highest quality TESOL Certificate program that prepare to students to hit the ground running and provides a plethora of experience, more than those who don't offer the full certificate, If you're looking to pursue a successful career in TESOL from at home (the US or where you call home) or abroad, this program is worth researching and considering to reach future professional goals.

My personal experience was a positive one. I began with the TESOL essentials course and am now moving onto the Diving Deeper courses and teaching practicum. The program is organized and well-rounded, and the instructor is personable, professional, and experienced. I would highly recommend this program,

Brittany S. Alum 2019

What would you improve about this program?
I would add more teaching/classroom practice time to the course. I think In the Part 11 Diving Deeper we will ave the chance to do that.
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